Used Car of the Day: 1985 Toyota Mk2 Supra

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's used car of the day is a 1985 Toyota Mk2 Celica Supra that has a lot of miles on the clock.

Don't let the 230,000 miles scare you, though. The seller claims this Supra runs and drives well and all the controls work. He or she also claims that as part of a major restoration, many parts have been replaced.

That includes the alternator, spark plugs, and starter.

The only red flag seems to be a vacuum leak that causes some hard-shifting issues at low RPMs.

The seller asks $5,200 and is based in Arizona. Give the car a look here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • SilverCoupe SilverCoupe on Apr 13, 2023

    I had a targa top on my '89 Supra Turbo; I liked to take it off most at night. During the day, I had to wear a hat to deal with the sun glare.

    One had to screw and unscrew four screws in the top with a special tool, which took a bit of time. I used to place the top on the car in the parking garage near work without screwing it down to save time, so the car was technically unlocked, but it looked attached, so no one ever bothered it.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Apr 13, 2023

      The "special tool" is an allen wrench though. Mine is off now and I've never seen one of those tools.

  • Randy in rocklin Randy in rocklin on Apr 14, 2023

    I almost bought that Gen, good thing I waited 2 years later for the Mk III. I have 9ne I bought brand new in late 86 with 200k miles on it now and just got a turbo 5 speed same Gen with 75k miles. Don't ever let it overheat or you're going to need a new head gasket.

  • Arthur Dailey 'The capitalists will sell use the very rope that we use to hang them.' In our household we have cut down our shopping/spending and pay more to purchase products from 1st world nations or 2nd world nations that are our 'allies'. That also means quite often only buying and eating fruit and vegetables that are in season. Just like our parents and grandparents did.At least TTAC published an article on May 21st regarding LAN transformers that contravene the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act being used in some BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and VW products?
  • ToolGuy I wouldn't buy any old Chinese brand of vehicle, but the right EV at the right price, maybe possibly yes. If you told me this would alarm Ford and torque off FreedMike, all the better. 😉P.S. I would *definitely* consider an EV made in Taiwan. Take that, paramount leader!P.P.S. China batteries/components to convert one of my ICE vehicles to EV? Yes.
  • Wolfwagen I expect Renault to be less popular than Fiat
  • ToolGuy Helium-3, baby!
  • Roman Our 1999 Pontiac Sunfire Gt is still running without any issues. 25 years and counting.